Recently, I came across a young man working on a piece of poetry inside an SBS bus
He sat forward with his smartphone in his hands, perhaps to facilitate the flow of his lines
The thoughts running through his head must have been dangerous
I suggested to the man that it could be dangerously eye-opening to write poetry inside the confines of a static city-state. He replied that he had been writing while in this country for a long time and returned to his task. There were commuters seated on both sides of him.
While the bus was relatively empty during the off-peak hours, writing poetry is no a safe activity to pursue inside a country that is focusing on efficiency.
At times, the job market will lurch during economic recessions or expansion. If the man is posting poetry in a cultural movement and is caught unexpectedly by a sudden economic downturn, an involuntary poetic action might cause idle ideas to enter the minds of fellow countrymen browsing social media.
There will be very serious consequences if people spend too much time on poetry, or other people who could not turn away from their screens in time. How can the thinking commuter seek recourse?
If the SBS’s regulations do not permit writing poetry inside buses, what is the appropriate action that a concerned citizen can take in such a situation?
By the way, what circumstances warrant blocking a Facebook group?
Shameless parody of my favourite ST letter.
‘Write a poem in the form of a letter about your friend / neighbour / relative, addressed to any recipient of your choosing, disclosed or undisclosed, specific or non-specific. Do include at least two lines of dialogue.’